Dactylitis is swelling of the digits and is often known as "sausage digits" because the bloating causing the fingers or toes to resemble small sausages. Many conditions and diseases are capable of causing dactylitis, including several infections and types of arthritis. The mechanisms that lead to the swelling can also vary.
The main symptom of dactylitis is swelling of the hands and fingers. However, several other effects can accompany the inflammation. Most commonly, the joints feel warm. As the digits swell, they can become difficult to move. Pain originating from the affected areas is also common. Various other symptoms may develop depending on the specific cause. Without treatment, symptoms worsen, and loss of function becomes more likely.
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